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  • Evaluations | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    Evaluations Help us Find the Perfect Pup for You! Name: Phone: Gender: Email: Address: Age: Diagnosis / Illnesses: Household Information Please list the members of your household & their ages (including children): Please list any of pets in your household, breed & age: Have you owned a dog before? Have you trained a dog before: Do you rent or own your home? What type of dwelling is it (apartment, house, etc.) Do you have a yard / outdoor area? Please describe the area & approximate size: Owner Information What are your goals for having a psychiatric service dog? How do you plan to care for your psychiatric service dog? How will you spend your time with your psychiatric service dog? What qualities are you looking for your psychiatric service dog to have? When do you plan to get your psychiatric service dog? Any additional information you’d like to add? Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Testimonials | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    What Our Clients Say Thousands of 5 Star Reviews & Counting Kate M. "I've had so many wonderful experiences with Happy Paws! They're the only company we'll ever use." Jessica B. "Always on time and dependable! Highly recommended them." Sharon P. "These are the only ladies I trust with my dog Bruno. They're always so sweet and Bruno LOVES them."

  • Crate Training | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    Crate Training OBEDIENCE TRAINING 101 GUIDE Key Points of Crate Training ​ ​ Crates are designed to resemble dens that wild dogs would make. Your dog’s natural instincts are to find a den to make their safe place. They see their dens as somewhere to be comfortable, find solitude, and sleep. Make their crate a happy place for them to be. Crates are an excellent potty training tool because dogs don’t like to go potty in the same space they sleep in. This teaches them to hold it until their potty break outside. If you don’t like the idea of keeping your dog in a crate, you can always phase out the crate after potty training is complete. Crates keep your puppy safe from getting into trouble or possibly damaging items around your home while you’re away. Crates should ​never​ be used for punishment and you should ​never​ force your dog in their crate. This will create a bad association with the crate. If a dog starts to fear their crate, they won’t want to go inside it and you may end up having to force them in every time. Instead use treats and their favorite toys to entice them to go in. Dogs can hold their urine and stool for the same amount of hours as they are months old. For example, a 5 month old dog can hold it for 5 hours. Limit their time in the crate. If your dog can only hold it for 5 hours then be sure that they are not spending more than 5 hours in the crate. Dogs are social creatures, they can become depressed and anxious if they are kept in a crate too long. Be sure to get the help of friends, family, or a dog walker to make sure your dog's needs are being met. During potty training the crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lie back down. If they have enough room to go potty on one side and then sleep on the other, they will. After potty training you can make it bigger and more comfy for them. The crates that can expand as the puppy grows work fantastic for training. ​ ​ ​ Step 1 - Introducing Your Dog to The Crate Place the crate in a common area of your home where you spend the most time, like a living room or kitchen. Allow the dog to investigate on their own. Don’t rush the process, we want them to have positive feelings about their crate. Place some favorite treats and toys inside for them along with a soft blanket or towel. Give them the opportunity to go in and out by leaving the door open at first. Encourage them to enter the crate with praise. If they don’t want to go all the way in at first, that’s ok. This process can take a few hours or a few weeks. Let them go at their own pace. If it takes a while for them to warm up to their crate and you need to leave them somewhere safe while you’re gone, you can set up baby gates to puppy proof an area if needed or use a small puppy proofed room. Step 2 - Getting Your Dog to Love Their Crate ​ It’s normal for your dog to be uncomfortable about being separated from you at first. We have to teach them that being in the crate is ok, that they are safe, and that nothing bad is going to happen. We do this by making their crate a wonderful place to be. Start this process by feeding their meals inside of their crate. This will build their positive association with the crate. Once they are comfortable going inside, gradually increase the time they’re in there. Start with a minute or two. Build up to longer periods of time. Put the dog in their crate for small periods of time throughout the day when people are around. If the dog is only put in the crate when you leave they will start to think that the crate means my humans are leaving and I’m going to be all alone. Puppies need 15-20 hours of sleep a day so giving them a nice cozy place to nap is a great way to let them get used to their crate. You can leave the door open at times when you are home so they are free to come and go. ​ ​ ​ Step 3 - Troubleshooting Crate Training ​ ​ It’s normal for dogs to whine and bark in the beginning stages. But it’s important for them to learn how to soothe themselves in this experience. Dogs can develop separation anxiety if they don’t learn how to cope with being left alone. Although it may be hard, you will only encourage these behaviors if you give in and let them out. Once they learn that whiny and barking will get them out they will continue these behaviors. Give them some time to soothe themselves. However, if you are unsure if they are whining for attention or because they have to go out, always take them out to be safe. Once you become familiar with your dog's habits it’ll become easier for you to tell if it’s a call for attention or for a potty break. Talking to them or yelling at them to stop is still giving them your attention, even though it’s negative attention, any form of attention will encourage your dog to continue. Consider moving the crate into your bedroom for bedtime. Your dog could benefit from the comfort of being near you. This will also make it easier for you to know if they need to go potty. When leaving the house don’t prolong goodbyes, keep them short and sweet. This practice will encourage relaxed behavior for your departures and won’t draw their focus to the fact that they are being left alone. For dogs with separation anxiety using a crate is likely not a good choice. If your dog is panicking in their crate and not able to soothe themselves then consider other options. Baby gated areas and exercise pens can be a good alternative to a crate. You can also consider a pet sitter or doggy day care. PRINT

  • Preventing Anxiety | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    Preventing anxiety OBEDIENCE TRAINING 101 GUIDE Dogs with anxiety or separation anxiety can experience distress when they're left alone which commonly results in: Excessive barking, whining, or howling Urination and defecation Destructive behavior Digging and scratching ​ Signs of Separation Anxiety The behavior occurs primarily when they’re left alone and typically begins soon after you leave. They act anxious, depressed, or overly excited when you are getting ready to leave the house. They follow you from room to room when you're home. They display frantic greeting behaviors. ​ Triggers for Separation Anxiety A dog accustomed to constant human companionship is left alone. A dog experiences a traumatic event, such as a stressful boarding situation or living in a shelter. A major change in the dogs routine because of a family disruption, such as the loss of a family member or another family pet. ​ How to Treat Minor Separation Anxiety Keep your arrivals and departures short and sweet so the dog isn’t focusing on the events too much. Don’t give long drawn out goodbyes and when you come back greet them with calm affection. Leave them with an item that smells like you like a blanket or shirt. Provide adequate physical and mental stimulation. As well as meeting their exercise needs, be sure to provide enrichment toys for them. When you are away consider using a doggy day care, pet sitter, friends or family. Discuss options with your veterinarian. How to Treat Major Separation Anxiety Give your dog a special place to make their own happy place like a dog proofed room or gated off area of the house. Make sure this area is away from any noise that could be triggering. Play them soothing music made to calm dogs with separation anxiety. Provide them with various enrichment toys, include long lasting chew toys, and add person items with your scent to this area. NEVER use this area as a punishment. Make this your dog's happy place only. No children, no adults, no other pets unless they help to ease your dog's anxiety. Practice small durations of being alone and gradually build up to longer time periods. NEVER punish a dog for behaviors they display because of separation anxiety, this will only increase their anxiety and likely worsen the behaviors. Talk to your veterinarian about medications that may be able to help. PRINT

  • Being an Effective Dog Leader | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    Being an Effective Dog Leader OBEDIENCE TRAINING 101 GUIDE It’s extremely important that we don’t try to gain the leadership role with force or intimidation. The myth that humans should be “dominant” in order to get respect, can actually cause fear and aggression. Although some TV shows depict this as a legitimate way to train, these are extremely out dated methods. There's no need to use force in order to have an obedient dog. Gaining your dog's trust and respect through leadership exercises will result in the type of dog who will follow your lead with unwavering reliability. ​ ​​ Make training part of your daily routine. Before meals, play time, letting them up on the couch, or anything else they want, ask them to do a behavior for you first. Then the food, play, or cuddles they receive afterwards is a reward for making good choices. This is an easy way to fit little training sessions into your everyday life. You can use simple behaviors to do this like sit, down, stay, or come. Asking for a behavior before earning something they want is reinforcing them for giving their attention to you. Always be on the lookout for good behavior to reward . Whether it’s a random sit while you're waiting to cross a street or when they see the mailman go by and don’t bark, reward it with praise or treats. These practices encourage them to continue looking to you for direction. You will see them habituate good manners, good listening skills, and good decision making. Just like with humans, this takes time and consistency in our message. Make training fun and exciting! Your dog will sense your energy and it will make them more eager to work for you and follow your instructions. Teach your dog that they can trust you by never forcing them into situations they are uncomfortable with. Be attentive to your dog’s body language and respect their limitations. A dog who is stressed or overstimulated will not be able to learn or perform as they normally would. If your dog senses you becoming impatient or frustrated they are likely to freeze up or shut down. In these situations we have to manage our expectations and adjust the situation before continuing onwards. Leadership Exercises PRINT HAPPY PAWS

  • Positive Reinforcement Training | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    positive reinforcement training OBEDIENCE TRAINING 101 GUIDE Positive Reinforcement Training ​ Positive reinforcement training is the practice of training your dog through praising and rewarding their good behavior. These methods of training have been thoroughly studied and scientifically proven to be the most effective. Positive reinforcement training uses classical conditioning and operant conditioning to train dogs how to perform behaviors, how to feel comfortable with their environment, how to socialize well with others, and overall how to positively interact with the world around them. Classical conditioning is practice of pairing positive associations like food with experiences like meeting new dogs. Operant conditioning is the practice of giving your dog the opportunity to work for a reward like asking for a sit and then giving a treat. ​ ​ Punishment Based Training ​ ​ Punishment based training is the practice of training your dog by punishing bad behaviors through the use of intimidation or inflicting pain. KEY POINT: ​Many people are unaware that dogs only have a one second learning period after they have done a behavior to learn whether it was good or bad. This is why punishment is an extremely ineffective way to train. It is very unlikely that your dog will understand what it is they are being punished for. This is also why we have to be quick with our praise and treats when we use positive reinforcement training. Punishment based methods were mainly used throughout the 80’s and 90’s until studies brought to light how significant the negative effects were. Sadly there are still some trainers who use these methods which has made it hard for the public to know which methods they should really be using to train their dog. ​ ​ Why Punishment Can Have Disastrous Effects ​ ​ If your dog fears you due to repeated punishment, you will not have a dog who is eager to work for you or do what you ask of them. You will instead have a dog who is afraid to respond to your requests because they fear punishment. In this module, we go into more depth on how to be an effective dog leader . A dog who is fearful is more likely to bite and have major aggression issues down the road. Many dogs who develop fear of humans because of repeated punishment end up in the shelter system. There is a fine line between punishment and abuse. Punishment does not have to be out of cruel intentions but it can have extreme effects. For example, if a person came home to an accident on the floor and then grabbed their dog by the collar, dragged them over to it and yelled at them, they might not mean any harm by this. They might just intend to teach their dog not to go in the house. The problem is from their dog's perspective they have already passed the time period where they can even remember why they are being punished and are now only learning to be fearful of the person. Repeated experiences like the one just described can create a dog who is afraid of human hands coming towards their face or their collar. Since dogs most commonly bite out of fear you can see how this can quickly turn into a dangerous situation. Now imagine if a child goes up to that dog and tugs on their collar, this is a recipe for a bite and it’s likely they’ll now be another dog who ends up in a shelter. Dogs who are frequently yelled at, physically restrained, or caused pain by prong collars or shocking devices, have a high chance of developing fear, anxiety, and aggression. PRINT

  • Socialization Checklist | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    socialization checklist OBEDIENCE TRAINING 101 GUIDE Handling Opening mouth ❑ Checking the ears ❑ Opening eyelids ❑ Handling or trimming the toenails ❑ Touching and holding the nose ❑ Holding them in your lap ❑ Give a belly rub with them on their back ❑ Holding legs and tail ❑ Hugging your puppy ❑ Touching the collar with a little tug ❑ Holding the feet ❑ People Men ❑ Women ❑ Children ❑ Elderly ❑ People of different ethnicities ❑ People jogging by ❑ People wearing hats, hoodies, backpacks, sunglasses ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ Other Animals Older dogs ❑ Other puppies ❑ Unfamiliar dogs ❑ Cats ❑ Any other pets in your house ❑ Sounds Sirens ❑ Traffic ❑ Thunder ❑ Doorbells ❑ Alarms ❑ Fireworks ❑ Dogs barking ❑ Babies and kids ❑ Objects Bikes ❑ Brooms ❑ Cars ❑ Buses ❑ Motorcycles ❑ Baby strollers ❑ Umbrellas ❑ Skateboards ❑ Garbage cans ❑ Pots and pans ❑ Environments Groomers ❑ Vet Office ❑ Inside a building or store ❑ Hardwood, tile, or marble ❑ Dog-friendly indoor & outdoor event ❑ Stairs ❑ PRINT

  • Signs That Your Dog is Stressed | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    Signs that your dog is stressed OBEDIENCE TRAINING 101 GUIDE PRINT

  • Serviced Areas | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

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  • Potty Training | HAPPY PAWS - PetCare ®

    potty training OBEDIENCE TRAINING 101 GUIDE 5 Keys to Potty Training: Create a routine Crate train them Supervise them & limit their freedom Praise them for going potty outside Handle accidents properly ​ Create a Routine ​ ​ A general rule of thumb is that puppies can hold their bladders for the same amount of hours as they are months old, ex: 3 month old = 3 hours. 5 months old = 5 hours. Maintaining a set schedule of times throughout the day for potty breaks according to this formula will give your pup the best head start. Keeping set meal times and food amounts will help you better predict your puppy’s potty needs. When changing dog foods be sure to gradually mix the old and new foods together over a few weeks, adding more of the new food every time. Sudden changes in food will likely cause diarrhea. ​ Crate Training ​ Crate training is the easiest and fastest way to potty train your dog. Dogs don’t like to eliminate where they sleep so keeping them in a small area is the best way to prevent accidents from happening. If a crate is too large your dog may eliminate on one side and still be able to sleep comfortably on the other. Size is important. Crates should be only big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lie back down in. You can always get your dog a big comfy crate once they are finished with potty training. Crates should always be a safe happy place for your dog to be and never used as a punishment. Be sure to make crate time a positive experience for them by giving toys, treats, and lots of praise when they’re in there. Although crates are a great potty training tool they do not need to be used throughout their lives if you do not wish. See our section on Crate Training for more details. Puppies Should Be Given a Potty Break After: ​ Waking up. 10-15 minutes after having food or water. After playing. If you notice them sniffing or circling around. Supervise Them & Limit Freedom Just like babies, puppies need to be supervised to make sure they’re making the right choices. If they are left to their own devices they’re more likely to make bad choices. Supervision in the beginning stages is especially important, you should keep your puppy within sight and be sure to watch for signs that they have to go. Limit their access to the house. When leaving them or when you are not able to supervise they should always be confined in a crate, gated off area, or puppy-proofed room. ​ Praise Them for Going Potty Outside ​ ​ Dogs like to go in places where they can smell poo and pee so pick a designated potty spot for them to go in. Bring them back to this potty every time so they develop a routine. When they go potty say “GOOD” and give them lots of praise and treats! Let them enjoy a little more time outside afterwards or a short walk so they don’t think that going potty means the fun ends and we go back inside. Otherwise they’ll take longer and longer to go potty every time. If they do not go at first give them 5-10 minutes to do so. If they still don’t go, bring them back inside and give them another chance in 20-30 minutes. When you bring them back in, crate or confine them until their next potty break. Letting them roam around your home freely after they’ve not gone potty outside is a recipe for an accident. ​ Handle Accidents Properly ​ If you catch them in the act make a loud sound to interrupt them like “UH-UH” or a loud clap and then immediately bring them outside to finish. If they finish going outside, praise and reward. KEY NOTE : If you find an accident after the fact, do NOT punish them. Many people don’t know that dogs only have a one second learning period to understand if something they did was good or bad. Punishing them after the fact doesn’t teach them it was wrong because they won’t understand. This will only teach them to fear you and encourage them to hide their accidents from you. Clean the accident with an enzymatic cleaner specially made to completely remove pet odor. Beware that ammonia-based cleaners will likely attract the dog back again. Be sure to thoroughly clean with the enzymatic cleaner. If the dog can still smell where they went then they will likely go there again. PRINT